Do you know how well your well is doing? A volunteer opportunity

Ongoing Well Study

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) are working together to conduct a study on lawn irrigation wells in Sarasota and Polk Counties.

To qualify, you must use a well exclusively for irrigation purposes. This is an invaluable opportunity to learn more about your well’s health, your watering habits, and contribute data to an important mission to understand water use trends in Florida.

See the flyer below for more information.

USGS lawn irrigation flyer

It’s All One Water

Although your well may be free to use, that water is still being withdrawn from our underground aquifer system. Over-withdrawal of our freshwater resources can lower the water table, lower water quality through saltwater intrusion, and even impact connected surface waters. It is important that we are responsible with our outdoor water use and irrigate only as needed. Not only does over-withdrawal jeopardize our aquifers, but overwatering can also cause a slew of issues in your home landscape and impair our local waterbodies through runoff.

Consider joining this study if you would like to get a better picture of your outdoor water use, contribute to the health of our local waters, and help fight Florida’s future water shortage.

Contact

If you are interested in participating, please contact Scott McBride at wmcbride@usgs.gov or (813) 363-5665 for more information.

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Posted: January 18, 2022


Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Water
Tags: Conservation, Pgm_Water, Volunteer, Water


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